Aug. 19, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — The Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University has selected Marco J. Clark as its new executive director, with a dual appointment as an assistant professor of Education at the university.

Marco Clark

A veteran of Catholic education, Clark is currently President and CEO of Bishop McNamara High School, a school founded and sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross. The role of executive director aligns with Clark’s experience and professional goals.

“Throughout my 30-years in Catholic education, I have been committed to leadership development with the aim to empower future leaders for the Church, our schools and for society,” Clark said. 

The Holy Cross Institute is responsible for strengthening and assuring the Holy Cross character and identity of the secondary schools, colleges and universities sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The institute provides resources, programs and events that educate administrators, faculty, board members and students on the unique educational legacy of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

“Clark is the perfect person for this position as he has been attentive and faithful to our Holy Cross values and traditions at McNamara and has devised ways to help the school community bring hope to the world,” said Brother Thomas Dziekan, provincial superior of the Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his master’s in Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University in Maryland. He received his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

He is deeply involved in his parish and community. He has served on various boards and committees, including: the Leadership Advisory Committee for the National Catholic Educational Association; the St. Edmond’s Academy Board of Directors; the Holy Cross Institute’s Program Development Committee; and the Consortium of Catholic Academies, Archdiocese of Washington.

Clark will succeed Interim Executive Director Brother Joel Giallanza, who will continue to serve in this role for the current academic year, with Clark beginning his work as executive director on July 1, 2020.